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Automated Restaurants: eat like the Jetsons

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In an era where technology permeates every facet of our lives, it’s no surprise that even our dining experiences are getting a futuristic upgrade. Welcome to the world of automated restaurants, a blend of culinary delights and cutting-edge tech.

What are automated restaurants? 

Often referred to as robotic restaurants, automated eateries are exactly what the name suggests. They are establishments that integrate technology to replace or augment traditional service methods. Instead of human servers, think robots, conveyor belts, and digital touchpoints.

How Do They Work?

  1. Digital Ordering Systems: Many automated restaurants employ devices like iPads or touchscreens, allowing patrons to place orders and make payments without waiting for a server. This ensures speed, accuracy, and a touch-free experience.
  2. Food Delivery Mechanisms: Instead of waitstaff, these restaurants might utilize conveyor belts (like the ones in  kaiten-sushi places), drones, or even full-fledged robots to bring your meal straight to the table.
  3. Customer Experience: In most automated restaurants, the technology isn’t just behind the scenes. It’s an integral part of the dining experience, turning a meal into a memorable event.

The Global Appeal of Automated Dining

While the idea might seem plucked from a sci-fi novel, automated restaurants are not just a fantasy. They’ve already carved a niche in various parts of the world:

  • Asia’s Tech Dining Scene: Japan, known for its technological innovations, has embraced this trend wholeheartedly. From robot waiters to food ATMs, the country offers a plethora of futuristic dining experiences.
  • European Innovations: Parts of Europe, too, are experimenting with this tech-driven dining model, integrating automation into the restaurant landscape.
  • USA’s Take on Automation: The trend is catching on stateside as well. From coast to coast, you’ll find eateries that offer unique automated experiences, be it through order kiosks or robotic servers.

Where can I check them out?  

Automated restaurants can be found globally. However, you can find many restaurants with unique forms of automation throughout the US.

Boston, MA: robot-prepared bowls at Spyce

spyce bowl robots
photo: Spyce on Facebook

Fremont, CA: conveyor belt-delivered food at
Gen Korean BBQ 

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photo: Gen Korean BBQ on Facebook

Las Vegas, NV: robot bartenders at the
Tipsy Robot 

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photo: @thetipsyrobot on Instagram

San Diego, CA: conveyor belt-delivered food at
Kura Revolving Sushi Bar

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photo: Kura on Facebook

Silicon Valley (Mountain View, CA): robot-made
pizzas at Zume Pizza

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photo: Zume Pizza on Facebook

Washington D.C. (McLean, VA): conveyor belt-delivered food at Wasabi

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photo: Wasabi on Facebook

Honolulu, HI: iPad ordering and
bullet train delivery at Genki Sushi

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photo: Genki Sushi on Facebook

Kansas City, MO: train-delivered food at
Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant

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photo: Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant on Facebook

Los Angeles, CA (Torrance): iPad ordering at Stacked

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photo: Stacked on Facebook

San Francisco, CA: iPad ordering and
personalized cubby pickup at Eatsa

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photo: Eatsa on Facebook

Seattle, WA: conveyor belt-delivered food at
Blue C Sushi

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photo: Blue C Sushi on Facebook

Automated restaurants represent the evolution of the dining industry. They offer efficiency, novelty, and a glimpse into what the future of dining might look like. While robots and drones might be the servers of today, who knows what innovations tomorrow might bring? One thing’s for sure; the future is here.

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Hello! I'm Kristina

Kristina Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Glutto and an alumna of the University of California, San Diego. She writes articles & posts for Glutto Digest with insights from fellow industry experts. Furthermore, she is the author of The Fittest Food Lovers: How EVERY BODY Can be Incredibly Fit and Still Enjoy Food, a collaborative philanthropic book with proceeds going to charities that fight world hunger.